Claudia, “Claud”, was born to parents Ian Thornton Dewar and Ethel Joan Dewar (Ahearn) in Ottawa, Ontario,1945. Her childhood was spent in Oakville prior to attending Compton boarding school in Quebec.
Childhood summers were spent at the family cottage in Riviere-du-Loup on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, “St Pats” as they call it. A childhood of a bygone era shared with her sister, Heather Luard (Dewar). The bond that Claudia and Heather shared was beyond that of sisters. It was the intertwining of true life-long friends and kindred spirits. Together they stayed in each other’s hearts throughout life from beginning until end.
Post-secondary was to be at “The Club of the Three Wise Monkeys” finishing school which brought Claudia to London, England in 1963. A pivotal time in Claudia’s life, she found the strength to break free of the path she was on and become the person she was always meant to be.
On returning from England and while attending Central Technical art school in Toronto, Rod entered her life. Their 57 years together would be spent happily and deeply in love all over the globe. They made a home that was warm and full of love, not conventional and adored by many.
Claudia and Rod would make many close friends over their life together and stay constantly connected to family.
Claudia was an artist, friend, wife and mother. Her love and friendship live on in her three children: Morgan (Claudia), Michaela (Brett), Millar (Anisa) and her six grandchildren: Finja, Jamie, Nova, Keegan, Beckett and Tilda.
She shared her vision of the world with her friends through companionship and her art.
She did not sell her art, didn’t much care for showing it and regularly painted over canvases just to have a clean surface to work on. Vibrant charcoal still life’s and pen and ink drawings lay rolled up in storage by the dozen while she relished in her paints, expressing herself and creating. She channelled pure joy when she painted and she was happiest in her studio painting the world and experiences that shaped her life.
It was a life well lived with family and friends. She was free, made her own choices and lived her life the way she wanted right until the end.
As she said, we will be reunited “in the mix”. We love you.
A Celebration of life will be held in the Sequoia Centre, at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 2:00 pm.
Condolences may be offered to the family below.
Christine & Ron Cochrane
David and Gillian Cohen
As neighbours for over 20 years we appreciated the warmth and kindness we received from Claudia and Rod. We shall miss Claudia and her delightful, self deprecating sense of humour. Our condolences to the family.
Dear Rod and Family
I was so sad to hear Claudia’s passing and I will be thinking of all of you tomorrow.
I remember all the wonderful times that we spent with you.
It is with a sad heart that I offer condolences to Rod and his family. I knew Claudia through aquafit and IPad lessons. Claudia had the friendliest smile and I often thought I would like to know her better.
Brian and I will be out of town and unable to attend her memorial, but our thought will be with you.
Thinking of you.
Charis and Brian Faught
Rod, Morgan, Michaela, Millar and Families:
We are all thinking of you during these days.
We know she is at peace.
Love to all.
Barry and Doris
Rod,Morgan,Michaela,Millar & Families
So sorry to hear about Claudia, she was such an amazing women. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Al,Lee Anne, Andrew & Isaac & Families
Michaela, Rod and the rest of her wonderful family. My thoughts are with you during this sad time. She truly lived life as she wanted and I know that you will keep that with you. Thinking of you.
Debbie Hogg (nee Perley
Rod & Family:
We were very sad to hear of Claudia’s illness, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Debbie Hogg (nee Perley)
Dear Rod, Morgan, Michaela, Millar & families
We were saddened to hear of Claudia’s illness & passing. She was a vibrant and beautiful person and she will be missed by all who were blessed to have known her.
Our sincere condolences to you all at this sad time.
Love, Ron & Christine, Ian, Adam & Eric & families